Weekend Open Forum

Weekend Open Forum

Dedicated to our weekly open discussions, the TechSpot community debates and voices its opinion on a range of different subjects. Common themes include the latest product launches or polls about your computing habits.

Weekend Open Forum: How do you learn about breaking news?

Weekend Open Forum: How do you learn about breaking news?

How we learn about breaking news (world news, catastrophes, local happenings, etc.) has changed drastically over the past hundred years and even more so in the last decade. What was the latest breaking story that caught you completely off-guard and surprised you not only because of its content but by the medium you first heard it from?

Happy New Year & 2012's first tech poll

Happy New Year & 2012's first tech poll

Happy New Year everyone! This has been a great year in tech, though not necessarily the most exciting in the traditional sense of the PC industry that we've been watching for over a decade, 2011 has seen the biggest rise in mobile technology that is actually converging into that PC world...

Weekend Open Forum: An open mic

Weekend Open Forum: An open mic

It's become a tradition of ours to close the week with a post that gives you an opportunity to say a few words about something -- usually industry-related. However, we always choose the topic. This time around, we're going to switch things up and leave the WOF completely open-ended...

Weekend Open Forum: Have you met anyone famous?

Weekend Open Forum: Have you met anyone famous?

Facebook and the University of Milan conducted a study earlier this year to determine the validity of the “six degrees of separation” concept – that each person on the planet is only six steps away, by way of introduction, from…
Weekend Open Forum: What's on your holiday agenda?

Weekend Open Forum: What's on your holiday agenda?

With frosty weather taunting the northern hemisphere, it's increasingly evident that the holidays are upon us. We've run various holiday-themed Weekend Open Forums in the past, asking what you want for Christmas and what you purchased during Black Friday. This…
Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite gadget

Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite gadget

With an undying passion for technology, some of us have more electronics than RadioShack. Although your desk surface may be a silicon junkyard, you undoubtedly spend more time with specific devices depending on your lifestyle. Folks bound to a chair…
Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite music service?

Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite music service?

Apple's iTunes is widely regarded as the service that spawned the legal music download industry. At a time when music piracy ran rampant on p2p networks, the platform served as the prime example that customers are willing to pay for…
Weekend Open Forum: Mother Nature's fury

Weekend Open Forum: Mother Nature's fury

Every year, Mother Nature claims thousands of lives and causes billions in damage worldwide. In the US, nearly every month this year has brought a catastrophe costing $1 billion or more, according to the NOAA. A blizzard blanketed the Midwest…
Weekend Open Forum: Has DRM spoiled your fun?

Weekend Open Forum: Has DRM spoiled your fun?

It seems like every week the Internet is up in arms over some DRM-related injustice. The consensus tends to be that most DRM schemes cause grief for paying customers while completely failing to thwart piracy. I can't speak for any…
WOF: Do you know what your CPU's clocked at?

WOF: Do you know what your CPU's clocked at?

Considering TechSpot's audience mix of techies, hardware enthusiasts, IT pros and gamers, the question above sounds overly simplistic, if not insulting, but is it? Over the last decade, the MHz measurement in your PC's processor has lost much of its meaning, in part because it's no longer an absolute reflection of performance, but that may not the end of it.

Weekend Open Forum: Do you use a custom cooler?

Weekend Open Forum: Do you use a custom cooler?

A decade ago, custom heatsinks and liquid cooling solutions were all the rage among techies. While overclockers and other such performance junkies still commonly purchase aftermarket coolers, they seem less popular among your average system builder these days. Today's processors…
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